|New South Wales (and
Australian Capital Territory) (population 6 million)
Sydney is the capital of New South
Wales and host for the year 2000 Olympics. It is Australia's largest
city built on a spectacular harbour and home to two of the world's more
famous structures. The Sydney Opera
House with its bizarre architecture and the massive iron arc of
the Sydney Harbour Bridge
are readily recognisable (both pictured).
Sydney is also Australia's oldest city settled in 1788. The
Rocks area preserves many stone buildings from Australia's early
settlement. Surfers frequent the now trendy suburb of Bondi
Beach, a well visited area amoung young people staying a while
in Sydney. Kings Cross and
its tacky nightlife is also well known. Sydney is truly one of the great
cities of the world.
Inland from Sydney are the sunken valleys of the Blue
Mountains National Park. The scenery is most dramatic around the
town of Katoomba.
Canberra, the nations capital, is
a small modern clean city with many monumental government buildings, museums
and galleries. Most extravagent of all is Australia's parliament building
(pictured), built underneath a hill and recently
completed at great expense. Two hundred kilometres from Canberra are the
New South Wales ski fields. They operate in winter only.
Byron Bay, on the New South Wales
north coast is popular with backpackers. It is a relaxed surfing, whale
watching and party town for those into the alternative scene. Inland are
various hippie and alternative lifestyle communes. Byron Bay is also quite
scenic with Cape Byron, Australia's most easterly point on the edge of
Picture: Sydney Opera House
and Harbour Bridge.
Map: New South Wales
Picture: Australia's Parliament House,
Australian Capital Territory